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Watching RTE in US, UK or anywhere Outside Ireland

I have had a few emails asking me if it is possible to use an  Irish proxy or VPN program to watch other channels. So I thought I'd try a few out, the one I'm trying here is accessing a station called RTE player which is an Irish TV Channel.

I initially used Identity Cloaker to access this channel, but RTE recently updated the flash player it uses for RTE player which blocks just using an Irish proxy.  So although Identity Cloaker also has a VPN mode built in I find another program a little easier to use for called Smart DNS Proxy.

Can you Watch RTE in the UK or US ?

Well first of all I had to test it, I tried to access RTE from the UK first but without much luck. Here's the screen I got.  As you can see it detected  that I wasn't trying to access from the Republic or Northern Ireland by my IP address and so blocked my access.


Not a great surprise, seemingly everything you do online nowadays is tailored to your location and crucially your IP address.

Although this is very annoying if you happen to be living or working abroad. The person who asked me to access this was a student from Ireland studying in the US, she just wanted to watch the Late Show on RTE.

Anyway now I have a chance to access the same page after connecting through one of Overplays Irish VPN servers.

Here's the program, it's very simple and is not much more than a little drop down box that sits in your Task bar.  This is the PC version here, but the Mac version is very similar.  You simply select one of the Irish proxies and select connect.



Of course if I'm just surfing anonymously, which country is not that important, but to bypass the IP restrictions of most media sites online you have to select the right country.  So for BBC you need to choose a UK server, Hulu and all the US stations need a US server and so on.   The network is growing fast so you have access to a lot of the worlds media now with this program.

In fact they now have servers in the following locations Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italian, Dutch, Japan,  USA, UK to name just a few - plus unlike many companies you get access to all of them for your subscription.  Many companies just let you have access to one country and charge extra for access to the others.

There is some incredible content available over the world through these connections - try checking out the US TV channels, the Canadian or Australian there are loads of fantastic content.  I actually use the French servers a lot as my kids can practice their French by watching their favorite shows on M6 Replay (the French Media Player).  Others are the amazing Pandora, the online jukebox which is restricted to the US.

Anyway here we're just concerned with using  the Irish proxy in order to connect to the RTE player web site.

You'll need to restart your browser when you  connect through a proxy server or VPN.

So I select an Irish proxy and restarted my browser.   You can see the change straight away, what you see is decided by your IP address, my home page has switched to Google.IE and all my search results would now be based on Irish results.

This would happen whilst I was connected to
the Irish proxy by default.  But what I wanted to check was if I still got blocked from the RTE Player web site.

Well I went to the RTE player web site and it worked straight away,  here's the same web page as above when I accessed via the Irish proxy server.


Here you can see I was able to access the RTE player with no restrictions because it believed I had an Irish IP address.  If you're outside the country and not using some Irish proxy or VPN then you'd get the international version which allows limited access.

 Just as I can watch BBC Iplayer, ITV, Channel 4 by choosing a UK server or Hulu, NBC and Pandora selecting a US Server.

Once you see how easy it is to use and the amazing shows that you can stream from all across the globe it will open up the internet so much more. You will never get blocked based on location at all, just as long as Overplay have a server for it.

They're definitely the best choice for an Irish server. Try it out, the subscriptions are monthly and you can cancel whenever you like. Most of the other TV proxy companies are charging more than they do for a solitary country - you get over 20 with Overplay.

Update, there's a better value solution now from a company that is using Smart DNS - it's cheaper than a VPN and works fine for RTE.  There is also a 14 date free trial here, that way you can test it out for free.

14 comments:

The TimeHorse said...

You probably didn't see my question from before, but simply it was this: Identity Cloaker sends your data encrypted through the Internet to one of its private proxy servers. It requires Windows software to work. How does that software interface with IE / Firefox, etc.? Is it setting up a proxy in the Windows Web API (and a plugin for Firefox which uses its own API to connect to the web since Microsoft's is buggy and doesn't support SNI among other protocols) like Fiddler, or is it something lower-level? If it's a local proxy, have you ever tested running the Identity Cloaker on one machine and then browsing on a different machine on your local subnet that proxies all of it's traffic through the one running Identity Cloaker? Is that possible? I'm not talking about setting up a public proxy so that anyone can send packets to Identity Cloaker through my paid account -- that would be stupid. I mean within my subnet so that my Mac or my Apple TV or my Linux Box can take advantage of Identity Cloaker and I don't need to run Windows.

Welshgadgets said...

Hi TimeHorse,

I had a lot of spam comments when I enabled anonymous posting I must have lost your question then - please accept my apologies !

Ok you have a few options to solve your problem. You can relay the proxy but only if you use the VPN mode and use something like Netcat to create a relay.

But I think you have simpler options,

1) there is a Beta version of IDC for the MAC. It's based on an application called Tunnelblick - works well but you need to set it up manually. If you want to try it - I have the files and instructions drop me an email using the contact link above and I'll send you them. I'm pretty hopeless with MACs though so for support you'd better ask Identity Cloaker themselves

2) If you're mainly interested in the UK servers for Iplayer you can use the proxy directly from any browser. You won't get the encryption and SSH tunnel but it works just fine for BBC Iplayer.

Just select any of the Identity Cloaker UK4 Proxy IP addresses and use port 4040 and you'll connect straight through.

Hope that helps :)

Jen Rosine said...

If I get Nero Liquid TV or equivalent will that work to save the content from RTE or BBC shows?

Welshgadgets said...

Hi Jen,

Well you can download content from BBc Iplayer just using Identity Cloaker, you just need to use the VPN mode and the download button on the Iplayer screen (proxy mode won't work for this)

I'm not sure that you'll be able to save RTE content at the moment, it's only currently offered in a streaming format.

Don't think Nero Liquid would help you in this instance.

Hope this helps.

Emma said...

heyy could you explain that more simply as i really need it.. to watch picture of you about stephen gately.. Thanks asap please

Welshgadgets said...

Emma,

I added a video to the post above to show how you can access RTE Player outside Ireland.

Didn't notice that show though.

Welshgadgets said...

Updated with Overplay information - tested their Irish servers in accessing RTE. All worked no problem.

tiarnan said...

Openplay no longer works for RTE: I just downloaded it to watch the Irl v Macedonia game but apparently they have blocked the irish vpns

Welshgadgets said...

Hi Tiarnan,

Thanks for the heads up.

But it seems to be working for me - streaming now through Ireland 3 and IE from the UK.

Try using the Ireland 3 server and IE as your browser

I'll check the other servers out later as rushing out now.

Good Luck,

WG

Irish said...

http://irishnitz.net

Is a irish torrent site some RTE stuff there lots of others also check it out for yourself

Welshgadgets said...

Just been doing some checking on this because of some strange results. What RTE seem to be doing is blocking an IP address temporarily if it detects multiple connections.

So an IP address might work for a while then stop working, then be ok.

So basically you're not going to get a 100% reliable service for RTE player outside Ireland from anyone at the moment. What you would need to do is find the VPN with the most Irish IP addresses so you can swap and change.

Identity Cloaker have about 20 Irish addresses and Overplay have about 4 I think.

Hope that helps

Welshgadgets said...

Haven't updated this post for a while. There were some problems watching RTE player over proxies and VPNs. Anyway Identity Cloaker has had a new update and some new Irish servers so thought I'd try it out again.

Just checked and RTE Player is working fine 02/02/13.

Mary Patric said...

Great article. The DNS option is better than using a VPN regarding content streaming because you can achieve direct connection with the media station ex. RTE and avoid the “middle-man”. Personally, I am using UnoTelly which is similar to Smart DNS Proxy. Perhaps you should check UnoTelly as well if you haven’t done so.

Welshgadgets said...

Thanks Mary,

Not looked at Unotelly but might give it a go, didn't realise it was a Smart DNS solution.

Wg